support President Obama's stand in fighting for the middle class. This was the centerpiece of his re-election campaign. It was what the majority of Americans re-elected him to do and -- if the polls are correct -- continue to support by a large margin. The only Ohioans who voted for US Rep. John Boehner were people in his congressional district. And no Ohioan voted for Sen. Mitch McConnell.
Before I'm willing to see any cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, or to programs that help children and students, Republicans need to prove they're serious about reducing the federal deficit by joining Democrats to end entitlements in the form of subsidies to the energy industry, large agriculture, and other highly profitable industries; tax loopholes for the many profitable companies that pay little or no tax; and the Bush tax cut for the top 2 percent. And if Republicans are willing to consider raising the cap on FICA, putting Social Security in a "lock box," and allowing the government to negotiate Medicare drug prices, those would be other signs of their sincerity.
After that, I'd be ready to talk about spending cuts. Until then, if Republicans want to take the country down for the second time in five years, they should remember that they will be taking down their wealthy donors along with the rest of us.